Ask a Librarian Day – February 23rd! Celebrate at Your Library

Ask a Librarian Day is just under a week away. On Tuesday, February 23rd, we are promoting Ask a Librarian in a serious way!

To prepare for AAL Day: We sent out a press release for the event, read the release here. Also, you should of received buttons from us to wear (if you have not, please let me know, we have a few left).

Ask a Librarian Day is a day to focus on Ask a Librarian within your library. Promote the service to both your customers and to other staff members who might not be aware of the great service.

Every person (from part-time student assistants to your director) should be able to talk about the service.
There are 5 main points everyone should know:

• If you ever need help when you’re not in our library, visit askalibrarian.org (or find the link on our library’s website).
• You can use Ask a Librarian for free.
• Ask a Librarian is a website where you can go to get your questions answered by a real librarian.
• Ask a Librarian is open until midnight ET Sunday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday.
• If Ask a Librarian isn’t open for chat, you can always email your question to us, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

How can you promote Ask a Librarian Day in your library? Here are some ideas from last year and new ones from Traci and I:
• Dust off your Ask a Librarian t-shirt from last year and wear it around the library and town.
• Create a booth or display within the library
• Hold a raffle for students around the service
• Handout bookmarks at checkout
• Bake! Ask a Librarian Staff decorated cupcakes to raise awareness of the service…. Your co-workers will appreciate every word…err..bite!
• Refresh and put out Ask a Librarian Marketing Materials everywhere you can inside and outside of the library. (order more here)
• Most importantly, Talk about it! Share positive stories from your time on the desk and let your user’s know the service is available.

Let us know what you are planning and please send up pictures and status reports as Ask a Librarian Day unfolds at your library!! We have pictures from last year at – https://info.askalibrarian.org/aal_day2009.asp!

Ask a Librarian Day Press Release

News Release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Diana Silveira (813)622-8252 ext 234

Librarians statewide to celebrate Ask a Librarian Day

Are you having trouble finding out, who invented the stethoscope? Do you want to know, who owns the apartment building on 49th street? Are you sitting at your computer frustrated trying to figure out where to start on your big research project? Live expert help is just a click away with Ask a Librarian. Ask a Librarian (www.askalibrarian.org) is FREE online service for all Floridians.

With Ask a Librarian, you are connected to a librarian who will answer your question right when you need assistance most. It’s easy to use, just go to www.askalibrarian.org and ask your question, a Florida librarian will assist you. Ask a Librarian is a collaborative program by libraries throughout Florida and will provide you with accurate answers utilizing your state and local resources.

“Ask a Librarian is a tremendous resource for students and anyone with a research need. It makes expert librarians available to any Florida resident. Ask a question and within minutes an actual person is helping you. It’s a great feeling to connect with a skilled supportive person and know you are not lost amid a million search results” according to Ask a Librarian Manager, Diana Silveira.

Librarians all over Florida will celebrate Ask a Librarian Day on Feb. 23 to bring awareness to the free online reference service that connects Floridians with librarians for help with homework or general questions.

Librarians at over 106 libraries around Florida will don “Askalibrarian.org” t-shirts and pins and will talk about the valuable service with library customers. They hope to inform people about Ask a Librarian’s benefits so that everyone can take full advantage of this user-friendly service.

Ask a Librarian is available live from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 24/7 for email assistance. Visit www.askalibrarian.org for more information or to ask a librarian a question.

Pictures from last year’s event and more information about the service are available at: https://info.askalibrarian.org/aal_day.asp

Ask a Librarian is managed by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC), and is funded as part of the Florida Electronic Library (www.flelibrary.org) by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.

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Mark Your Calendars! The 2nd Annual Ask a Librarian Day February 23rd

I am excited to announce that Ask a Librarian is holding its 2nd Annual Ask a Librarian Day on Tuesday, February 23rd. We will be providing buttons to every librarian who staffs Ask a Librarian at your library to wear. We are also planning to send out a press release and to generate publicity for the service.

What should you do? Spread the word about Ask a Librarian Day and create a local event to correspond with the statewide day. Some ideas from last year included: Ask a Librarian Booth at the library, posters, raffles, contests for students asking questions that day, handing out bookmarks at checkout and just talking about the service to everyone you meet. If you still have your t-shirt from last year, I encourage you to wear it as well!!

Pictures from last year:

The purpose of AAL Day is to raise awareness about the service within the library and to your users. We have found librarians and staff not actively involved with Ask a Librarian are not familiar with the service. So, as part of AAL Day talk to your co-workers, everyone from the director to the part-time clerks should know the following about Ask a Librarian and be able to share this information with users:

• If you ever need help when you’re not in our library, visit askalibrarian.org (or find the link on our library’s website).
• Ask a Librarian is a website where you can go to get your questions answered by a real librarian.
• Ask a Librarian is open until midnight ET Sunday through Thursday and until 5 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday.
• You can use Ask a Librarian for free.
• If Ask a Librarian isn’t open for chat, you can always email your question to us, and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.

To prepare for AAL Day, you might consider ordering new marketing materials at https://info.askalibrarian.org/promotional.asp. We will be sending additional information about AAL Day soon!

Please let me know if you have any questions.